OVER NEARLY 140 YEARS, the traditions of Cal Press have built a rich archive of memories and images. Here are a few:
John Budd Long
(1894-1962) was general manager of the California Newspaper Publishers Association for 34 years. Although he was never a newspaper publisher in California, Long was still considered a newspaperman and was more widely known than any other individual for his efforts on behalf of the state’s newspapers. Long played a lead role in getting California laws written to protect the public’s right to attend meetings of public agencies and to inspect public records; for laws to protect a reporter who seeks to honor a commitment to hold in confidence the names of his information sources; and for laws that protect the public and the press through the fundamental tenet that truth is the only fair, feasible, meaningful defense against a charge of libel. Cal Press inducted Long into the California Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2006.